Students' worksheet (short version)

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Lisa, Collections Manager


Special Gallery Officer


Our new gallery, Ways we see the world

The Whipple is a museum of the history of science. We have a world-class collection of scientific instruments and models.

The museum is holding a special event next week entitled Ways we see the world. The centrepiece of this event will be a new gallery.

The event's theme, Ways we see the world, is deliberately broad. On the one hand, it can be quite literal: it can be about seeing with our eyes. There are many objects in the history of science related to this, such as microscopes or telescopes. On the other hand, it can also be more metaphorical: it can be about our attitudes to and understanding of the world and our place within it. We have many objects, such as models for teaching, that are relevant to this too.

Your brief

Your brief is to create the new gallery for this event. You will need to find objects, research them, choose which ones to put in your gallery, and write labels for them.

  1. Find and research objects

    To find appropriate objects, I suggest you start by looking in the museum's stores. You could also see if useful objects are available at auction or from private individuals.

    To find out more about the objects, you can consult experts, use the museum's library, and try the internet. I suggest you make notes about the objects at this stage.

  2. Choose objects for your gallery

    You should try to research between 6 and 10 objects. However, we only have space to show between 3 and 5 objects. So you must decide which of the objects are the most significant in affecting the ways we see the world. Remember that there isn't one right choice of objects - the important thing is your reasoning.

  3. Write labels

    Your visitors will, of course, want to understand a little about what the objects are and what they do. But they will also want to know why these particular objects are on display, so you must explain how the objects are significant in affecting the Ways we see the world.

    Obviously, the museum is keen to preserve its reputation for professionalism, so it's important that you're careful with your writing style, punctuation, grammar and so on.

I very much look forward to the unveiling of your gallery. Good luck! All the best,

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